How long will the world's oil last?
Active forest destruction produces about one fifth of
global greenhouse gas emissions,
which is more than all the cars, planes, and trains
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also described as the
Pacific Trash Vortex, is a gyre of marine litter in the
central North Pacific Ocean.
The Patch is characterised by exceptionally high
concentrations of plastics, chemical waste, and other
debris, that have been trapped by the currents of the
North Pacific Gyre.
The trash vortex is an area the size of Texas
(23 times Belgium) in which an estimated six kilos of
plastic swirl around like a clock for every kilo of natural
plankton. This, alongside other slow degrading garbage,
entangled with dead fish and
-marine mammals, and birds who get snared. Some of
these plastics will not break down, in the lifetimes of
even the grandchildren of the people who threw them
Plastic poses a significant threat to the health of sea
creatures, both big and small.
Over 100,000 marine mammals and one million
seabirds die each year from ingesting or becoming
entangled in plastic.